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What every Southern girl should have

15 Feb

I love monograms- on EVERYTHING!

mrs. and the misc.

What is small or large, can be multi-colored,  has been a royal seal, but has also been found on common bath towels? A monogram!


      Monograms originated many years ago as royal seals for kings and queens. Since then they have been stamped on coins, a signature for artisans, a symbol of ones place in society (Victorian era), and now can even be incorporated into the seats of luxury cars. These personal identifiers are found on stationary, pillowcases, bath towels, suitcases, shirts, jewelry, or bags.


For a friends recent bridal shower, I wanted to gift something that would be unique only to her and her soon-to-be husband. I contacted Tina Marie Creations, who I have used in the past for monogram projects, and asked that she embroider the couples initials on a nice set of 600 count pillowcases.  The bride loved them! If your looking for that…

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15 Feb

M&J Blog

Prabal Gurung delivered an amazing collection during Fall 2013 NYFW.  It had a very strong military vibe that we love!  Every harness and buckled shoe that walked across that runway left us inspired to create our own!  Now it’s time to head over to our collections of leather and buckles and start getting creative!







images via Vogue


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15 Feb

A little cute and happy moment for your Friday 🙂

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Hey Bella?

Yeah, Bentley?

Just a few more inches and we’d be in the sunbeam.

Would that require us to move, Bentley?

Yes, Bella, it would.

I wish Bella and Bentley could get comfortable, Cassandra!

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Valentine’s Day with Kids

8 Feb

While searching for cute (non-candy) Valentine’s Day ideas for my daughter to bring to school, I came across an amazing number of adorable activities for and with your little ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

1. Love letters to your children placed into a handmade “book of notes” from the Playful Learning

Love Letters

Love Letters

2. 30 Valentine’s Day activities for kids from Tinkerlab which shows several activities that would be fun for toddlers and older kids alike.  She includes links to DIY Valentine’s Day cards, gifts, crafts, food, etc.


3. Then I finally found what I was looking for – non-candy Valentines for my daughter’s school class. Check out this link from Plucky Momo for some adorable ideas for classroom Valentines.


I hope you and your families have a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with lots of love!


Wildflowers Jumper

8 Feb

Cute wildflower little girl jumper

"...where there are Octobers."

I love this little jumper I made for Amelia the other night. This one has a button closure on the back instead of my typical buttons at the  shoulders. It’s really cute; I just hope she doesn’t grow out of it too quickly!


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Strength and Love

4 Feb

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

Last night, I was incredibly moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary chorus performance before the Super Bowl. While their sweet voices were singing “America the Beautiful”, I could not help but be struck by the remembrance that everyday is a blessing with our little ones.  Even the days where the tantrums are exhausting, I know I am truly blessed to have that moment with her. I am sure any of the parents who lost a child at Sandy Hook would give anything to have one more tantrum from their little one.  I am moved not only by the strength of all the children and their parents, teachers, families, first responders,  and all the people affected by this tragedy.  Your strength and love is nothing less than a miracle. Truly amazing!


Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog

4 Feb

Marc and Angel Hack Life Blog

Practical Tips for Productive Living

13 Jan

Love Melissa and Doug toys. New Valentines Day shop, yes please!


A Happy Birthday Renegade Ruffle Refashion

31 Dec

Love this shirt! So cute and great tutorial- you could use this ruffle for the front of a little shift dress as well.

The Renegade Seamstress

Thrift store clothes upcycled

How about instead of Resolutions on this last day of 2012 we do a

Renegade Ruffle Refashion.

But first, I’d like to wish Jan a Happy Birthday!!! I’m so lucky to have such a loving, kind, and caring sister who, even though we live thousands of miles apart, is always there for me. She lifts me up when I’m down and encourages me every day.

Happy Birthday Jan! I love you!


I think the shirt says it all. She’s such a good friend to me now.

Here we are wearing, what we called, our matching ketchup and mustard dresses that mom  made for us. Jan’s dress was red, mine was yellow.


A Christmas morning picture of us:


Ok, now, doesn’t everyone have a bathtub picture like this?


Jan cooking for me even back then.


I just wish we lived closer to each other so I could throw on this newly…

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New Year’s Eve Keese!

31 Dec

Cuteness to make you smile on this New Year’s Eve! Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!

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The New Year’s Eve keese is a cute tradition for anyone! And we want you peeps to have thirteen of the cutest New Year’s Eve keeses to ring in 2013! Yay! (throws confetti)













Melissa S.’s cockatoos, kissing camels shot by Alex, Ant‘s bunnies & kittens, Halie E. at the Sloth Sanctuary, Pixdaus blorp, pony pals by Olga Itina, Cheetah kiss via The Telegraph, Komodo dragon hug via Tumblr, Squirrel kees via Daily Mail, Sterling & chippie by Alexander G., puppy glomp by D13Coates, and Lindsay C. with Buckley!

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